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Ballada O Straconej Gazy
by Wanda Warska & Andrzej Kurylewicz Quartet, feat. Jan Byrczek, bass
Jan Byrczek (1936 to 2019) was a Polish-American 'jazz' musician, promoter and journalist. Jan Andrzej Byrczek was born in Chelmek, Poland, on June 15th 1936. Raised in a mining settlement near Jaworzno, he showed an early talent for music (by the age of five he had started playing an accordion given to him by his father). After surviving the Second World War, he attracted attention in a 1949 national competition for young musical talents, and this earned him a scholarship in the double bass class at the Liceum Muzycznym im Fryderyka Chopina in Krakow (he followed this with study at the Wyzszej Szkole Muzycznej). He had previously played 'jazz' in high school alongside Wojtek Karolak and Andrzej D?browski (among his other friends there were the future musicians Zbyszek Namyslowski and Roman Dylag). The first 'jazz' band he played with after graduation was 'Kolorowy Jazz', founded in 1956 by Jozef Krzeczek. After then joining the 'Big Bandzie Ala Thomysa' for a year, he moved on to play with the 'Jazz Believers' group founded by Jan Ptaszyn Wroblewski. He was also a member of several other major bands around that time, such as the 'Andrzej Trzaskowski Trio', the 'Andrzej Kurylewicz Quartet' (with whom he is featured here) and the 'Jerzy Milian Sextet'. However, after going on to perform in Switzerland, France and Germany on various tours and projects, he decided to give up serious playing in favour of varied careers in music promotion, activism and journalism. During this latter focus, he not only reformed the Krakow Jazz Club but started the Polish Jazz Federation, and was a co-founder (and editor-in-chief) of the Jazz Forum in 1946 (he also initiated the European Jazz Federation in 1956). In 1977 however, he moved to the United States and took a dual citizenship there ten years later (he would nevertheless return to Poland in his retirement years). Jan Byrczek died at a hospital in Myslenice on November 10th 2019, aged 83. [ Translated from: http://www.tvp.info/45285121/nie-zyje-jan-byrczek-wybitny-jazzman-mial-83-lata ]
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Sources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jan_Byrczek - http://jazzforum.com.pl/main/news/jan-byrczek-laureatem-grand-prix-jazz-melomani-2015
Posted: 13th December 2019
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